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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

World's First OLED Print Head Uses Polymer Technology

PR Newswire
via NewsEdge Corporation

CAMBRIDGE, England, March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) [Nasdaq: OLED] welcomes the announcement of what is believed to be the world's first OLED (organic light emitting diode) print head.

The announcement by Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson") reveals that Epson has succeeded in creating a print head that uses OLED as a high brightness light source, opening the way for utilization of OLED as a new technology for printers, and potentially leading to the manufacture of color printers that are smaller, have higher resolution and faster printing speeds.

Epson was one of the first licensees of CDT's P-OLED technology, and their latest work is based on many years of experience of OLED technology for both displays and lighting. According to the announcement, Epson has developed a super-bright OLED by working with Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd., who supplied the polymer material used in the development. Sumitomo is a joint venture partner of CDT in the development and manufacture of P-OLED materials.

Epson stated that it plans to step up its efforts in research and development to realize the full potential of OLED.

Current copiers and laser printers use LED or laser light sources, but this breakthrough will pave the way for the manufacture of a new generation of color printers. Polymer technology is proving to be a highly capable platform in demanding applications, and could prove highly suited for eventual use in such products as copiers, scanners and printers.

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